Acland public tours underway in 2014

3 March 2014

New Acland’s public site tours are underway again after taking a short break during the hotter summer months.

The group tours proved very popular with local residents in 2013, with many taking up the offer to learn first-hand about New Hope’s mining, land rehabilitation and agricultural operations.

Around 30 locals attended this year’s first public tour on Friday 21 February 2014.

General Manager - New Acland Coal & Acland Pastoral Company Andrew McDonald says some visitors arrive quite unsure of the mine’s operations, but always leave with a fresh and informed perspective.

"There is a lot of misinformation about the Acland Mine and we are very keen to ensure that people have the facts, so the public tours are a great way for residents to receive information directly from the horse’s mouth," Mr McDonald said.

"Visitors often leave the tours saying to us that they found the experience very interesting and that they have a better understanding of the Mine’s operations across the board, including our rehabilitation practises and community initiatives.

"A lot of the questions we receive are often based around inaccurate information so it is great, for everyone involved, to be able to experience the mine and the operations first hand and for people to see what is happening for themselves."

The next public tour is scheduled for Wednesday 12 March at 2pm on site with places filling fast.

All visitors must comply with the site’s safety requirements including a long-sleeved shirt, long trousers and closed-in footwear (no heels). Due to legislative requirements children under 12 are not allowed.

To book, please call 4694 8801. A bus service to take visitors to site from Oakey will be available 30 minutes prior to the visit.